Liberia: 'Weah Weeps'

Though death is inevitable but it is difficult for one to accept whenever he or she lost someone so dear. Many at times, people who lost their loved ones cry so bitterly considering that they will not see the deceased in their life time again.

So it was the case with President Dr. George Manneh Weah who could not hold back his tears when he visited the home of fallen Montserrado County District #9 Representative Munah Pelham-Youngblood.

The President, in the morning hours of Thursday, July 9, 2020, visited Rep. Youngblood's residence in Laparkzee, Monrovia, to sympathy with the bereaved family of his staunched support.

The president was greeted by cries from relatives and friends who had gathered at the fallen lawmaker's residence.

Being a human too, and considering the closeness of Rep. Youngblood, the president was apparently seeing weeping.

In fact when the President arrived in the compound of the fallen Representative, he took a while before disembarking his official vehicle, apparently, he was grieving and recounting his time with the late lawmaker.

When the Liberian leader disembarked his vehicle, he was noticeably seen in a sorrowful mood, devastated by the death of a strong fighter of the Coalition for Democratic Change.

Journalists who were on the scene and doing live Facebook coverage were told not to capture the president in his mournful mood.

Family members and friends of the deceased were seen crying profusely shouting the fallen lawmaker's name.

Scores of women who trooped to the lawmaker's residence were seen on the floor weeping.

Our reporter said the entire compound of the late Rep. Youngblood was engulfed with wailing as the President greeted the lawmaker's mother and other family members.

Visibly overwhelmed by grief, a statement from the Executive Mansion said, the Liberian leader managed to tell the mother of the late lawmaker, Elizabeth S. Pelham, and other family members that the deceased would be greatly missed not only by the family and close relatives, but also the nation and the sub-region, as she was selfless to all, and courageous and effective in all she did.

The Liberian Chief Executive encouraged the bereaved family to trust and count on God for lasting comfort and peace as they mourn the death of their daughter, sister, mother and role model.

He assured the bereaved family that the Government of Liberia would work with them to ensure a befitting funeral as a stateswoman.

The Liberian leader described the deceased as one of the matriarchs of the Congress for Democratic Change and now the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change, who campaigned vigorously to ensure the coalition won the 2017 general and presidential elections.

President Weah labeled the deceased lawmaker as a pillar of the CDC and a great stateswoman whose active leadership role at the National Legislature contributed enormously to nurturing the country's democracy. She was also a strong advocate for women leadership and empowerment.

The Liberian Leader conveyed his deepest sympathies to the bereaved family, the House of Representatives and the Coalition for Democratic Change for the loss of a selfless public servant.

He urged the family of the fallen lawmaker to take solace in the Lord and called on Liberians to remember them in their prayers.

The Minster of State for Presidential Affairs Nathaniel F. McGill; Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Samuel Tweah; Minister of State Without Portfolio, Trokon Kpui; National Port Authority Managing Director Bill Twehway; and Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Mawine Diggs, were among government officials who accompanied President Weah to the home of the fallen lawmaker.

The fallen lawmaker was the Chairman for the House Committee on Executive. She was like a mediator between the House and the Executive.

It can be recalled that the Montserrado County District#9 Representative succumbed to death Wednesday, July 9, 2020, in Ghana following protracted illness.

Rep. Youngblood has been sick for a very long time, seeking treatment abroad including India, America and Ghana.

But on Wednesday, the news of her death broke out with social media being flooded with condolence messages.

Despite her poor health, the lawmaker has actively been involved in expressing her views in the legislature and was 72 hours prior to her death active on social media.

She posted "Blessed shall you all be, for the Lord God is with thee. In the morning shall heaven release her increase upon thee. In the afternoon shall your efforts be established. In the night shall you eat the fattest part of the land. I declare by the authority of Christ Jesus, your life must be fertile and nothing will withstand the promises of God upon all of you in Jesus name. Any power that is battering your defence, pillars, immunity to expose you to the enemy that wants to destroy your life, career, ministry, finance and health, may they lose their strength and power in Jesus name. May you be the one that will see their downfall, open disgrace and the end of their satanic powers that are battering your life in Jesus mighty name. AMEN! From Mrs. Youngblood.

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